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Letter of Thomas Cresap, 1751 Dec. 27.

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Abstract

Contains a letter from Thomas Cresap to [Lieutenant Governor Robert Dinwiddie] regarding Andrew Montour, an interpreter between French traders & an Indian Council. According to the letter, Montour's brother served as an interpreter between the French & Indians at Fort Detroit on Lake Erie. He provided intelligence regarding the construction of a new fort by the French called Kyhogo on the west side of Lake Erie in order to cut off the nation of Indians called the Pickolines. Cresap writes that the Governor of Cananda sent a party of Indians called Adarundacks against the Twingtwees, but were prevented by the Ottawas. When a few of the Adarundacks proceeded to scalp members of the Twingtwees, two french scalps were taken in revenge. Cresap advises Dinwiddie to send Montour as an interpreter to the several towns & nations settled on the Ohio River and invite the Indians to a treaty by using a belt of wampum. Lastly, Cresap writes that the French are suspected to take away James Finley & another. Cresap suggests that they detain the French at Loggs Town until the men taken are returned.